Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
732-751-9453
    
Hours   
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day-Labor Day: Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Free Weekend Activities

The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is closed
for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23.

Safari Backpacks   
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Hands-on Learning
 
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.
 
Free Nature Programs   
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.    

Whose Scat Is That?
Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19
(self-directed)
This is a fun game matching "pretend" scat to its animals.  A useful skill in tracking!

Snake Meet & Greet
Saturday & Sunday, November 25 & 26 at 12 p.m.

Meet one of our slithery friends up close and learn about them.   

Tree Silhouettes    
Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3
(self-directed)
Discover how to identify trees without leaves.

Where Do They Go?     
Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10
(self-directed)
Match the hibernating animal with its winter home.

Overwintering Ducks    
Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17
(self-directed)
Find out about the wintering ducks that call the reservoir home. 

How Animals Deal with Winter
Saturday & Sunday, December 23 & 24
(self-directed)
Learn how different animal groups deal with the cold winter.

What Happens Below the Ice?
Saturday & Sunday, December 30 & 31
(self-directed)
Discover the unseen world under the ice in our lakes and ponds. 

Nature Story Time         
Wednesdays, January 10, January 17, January 24 & January 31 at 11 a.m.      
Your child will expand his or her imagination while listening to one of our favorite nature stories. Nature items related to each story will be presented. Open to ages 6 months-5 years, with adult. 


 

 

 

Directions   

 

  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
  • State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.